NSTP Conducts Symposium on Community Structures

           To empower students of the National Service Training Program-Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) in the conduct of their group projects in different areas in Davao City, a symposium on community structures was conducted by the NSTP-CWTS Program of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation on 23rd November 2013.  Entitled “Understanding Community Structures,” the symposium gathered together all sophomore students enrolled in NSTP-CWTS 2, totalling 48 classes, in two different venues: The Finster Auditorium, and the Function Room of the Philippine Red Cross Millennium Building along Roxas Avenue.  Students were oriented on the intricacies of community structures and learned from the inputs of leaders in the barangay level, as well as in the parish and basic ecclesial communities (BEC) level. 

          Hon. Ramon Bargamento II, the Punong Barangay of Mintal, and Hon. Artemio Jimenez, the Punong Barangay of Talomo, gave the students input on understanding the structures of the Barangay Development Council.  Ms. Liza R. Lao, the Assistant Headmaster for Formation in the Ateneo de Davao University Grade School (ADDU GS), herself an active officer of the Parish Pastoral Council in the Holy Family Parish in Baliok, Toril, walked the students through the dynamic structure of the Parish Pastoral Council and the BEC or the Gagmayng Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK). 

           The symposium aimed at helping student appreciate and understand the dynamics of these existing structures of governance, especially so that these are often what they have to deal with when they start proposing and implementing their community projects in the second semester of this school year.

The NSTP fieldwork is expected to begin in late January until the whole of February 2014. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy).

PDEA Recognizes ADDU NSTP in Its Annual Awards

The National Service Training Program-Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), under the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, was one of those bested with a special recognition during the 4th Annual Awards of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) of Region XI on 28th November 2013.  The ceremony was held at Camp Domingo E. Leonor in San Pedro Street and graced by no less than Davao City’s chief executive, Hon. Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte.

 Together with ADDU NSTP, one of the only four educational institutions honoured, are local government agencies in the field of health, prosecution, crime laboratories, law enforcement and one individual – all cited in recognition of their function/role in the promotion of substance abuse prevention, education, and rehabilitation, especially among the city’s vulnerable sectors (the children and youth), as well as in prosecuting violators and perpetrators of crimes related to prohibited drugs.

ADDU, as an educational institution that implements the NSTP Law, integrates substance abuse prevention education in its curriculum as mandated by law. Through its partnership PDEA, ADDU’s NSTP-CWTS implements curriculum integration of drug prevention education in its NSTP-CWTS 1 module, targeting sophomore students enrolled during the first semester of every school year.  To date, this is now ADDU’s third year of collaboration with PDEA in pursuit of this end.

Ms. Agnes Sagaral, RSW, ADDU’s coordinator of the NSTP-CWTS, received the recognition certificate from PDEA Regional Director Emerson R. Rosales and Mayor Duterte, on behalf of the university. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

Arrupe Vols Lead in Launching Pagbabahagi 2013 Today

            As an annual Christmas outreach program, the Pagbabahagi 2013 will be launched today, 9th December, by the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office [SICO]), through its corps of Arrupe Volunteers, with the theme “Pagbabahagi ng Pasko 2013: Sinag Sa Karimlan.” Traditionally, Pagbabahagi, has become an annual observance in the university that aims to raise donations either in cash or in-kind in order to respond to immediate needs and concerns of different sectors in the wider community in Davao City, especially during Christmastime.  As a Christmas offering, this program provides an occasion whereby different sectors of the university community, and even those among the university’s external partner institutions and organizations, express their Christian charity, generosity, solidarity and service to share their blessings, time and resources with identified communities through a Christmas package drive. More specifically, the Pagbabahagi has since become part of the formative platform for the Arrupe Volunteers who are spearheading the planning, facilitating, networking, coordinating as well as the actual program implementation.

                For this year’s Pagbabahagi campaign drive, the families affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda which devastated many parts of the Visayas region in November 2013, especially those from Leyte and Eastern Samar who are currently living in Davao City, are the identified recipients of a Christmas Noche Buena package. The program is targeting to distribute over 300 Noche Buena packages to these affected families. The identification of these families, including their profile, will be coursed through in coordination with the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO). Continue reading